After being held to a season-low 39 points in their first loss of the season to Anadarko over the weekend, the No. 4 Ardmore Lady Tigers quickly purged any doubts about their ability to score, pouring in 38 first half points en route to a 65-21 blowout win against Durant, Tuesday night.
The Lady Tigers scorched the nets offensively and left Durant’s defense puzzled, scoring at will in the paint, from mid-range, and beyond the arc.
J’Sades Ainsworth, who led Ardmore offensively with 18 points, said the team made a statement in the first two quarters.
“Last week left a bad taste, so we came back with a clap back,” Ainsworth said.
Ardmore coach Debra Manley said the 43-39 loss in the MidFirst Warrior Classic Finals was a wake-up call for the No. 4 Lady Tigers. Ardmore made some uncharacteristic mistakes, turning the ball over 25 times.
On Tuesday, that team was but a distant memory.
“Sometimes a loss can wake you up a little bit and set you back to reality,” Manley said. “We learned our lesson and we used it to our advantage. They came out and got after it and never let up.”
Ardmore nearly shut out the Lady Lions in the first quarter, taking a 24-2 advantage after the first eight minutes. Midway through the second quarter, the Lady Tigers led 32-4 before relaxing their press and giving the starters a well deserved break.
Ardmore added 16 points in the third quarter to take a 54-17 lead before closing out the fourth on a 11-4 run.
Sierra Gordon finished with 13 points and Tieronay Banks scored 12 in the win.
Ardmore (12-1) will host Ada Friday night at 6:30 p.m. in their pink-out game.